Row over Donald Trump's 'sexist' comment: Political advisor fires Trump?

Aug 10, 2015, 01:45 IST | Agencies

Spurred by the Republican US Presidential front-runner’s decision to continue ‘trash-talking’ against TV anchor Megyn Kelly after Thursday night’s debate, which ignited controversy worldwide, Roger Stone resigned; Trump’s team, however, insists that the advisor was fired

Washington: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who is facing flak for his sexiest remarks against a woman TV anchor, has fired his top political adviser who, however, insisted that he had quit himself due to the his trash-talking.

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Following his comment, Donald Trump was barred from a conservative gathering on Saturday. Pic/AFP

A vague clarification Trump, who delivered an explosive performance during the first prime-time Republican presidential debate on a TV channel on Saturday said he fired his top advisor Roger Stone. “Mr Trump fired Roger Stone last (Saturday) night.

We have a tremendously successful campaign and Roger wanted to use the campaign for his own personal publicity. He has had a number of articles about him recently and Mr Trump wants to keep the focus of the campaign on how to Make America Great Again,” his campaign spokesperson said in a statement.

“Only a deviant would think anything else. This related to the debate, which because of Trump had 24 million viewers — the biggest in cable news history,” the statement read.

‘I fired Trump’
A veteran political consultant, Stone however shot back, saying he resigned and was not fired. “Sorry @realDonaldTrump didn’t fire me — I fired Trump,” Stone tweeted on Saturday.

Stone, a former aide to President Richard Nixon who has known Trump for several decades, helped Trump with debate preparations.

Following the remarks, Red State’s Erick Erickson, rescinded his invitation for Trump to speak at a conservative gathering on Saturday night, which was attended by top Republican Presidential candidate. “I wanted to have him here as a legitimate candidate, but no legitimate candidate suggests a female asking questions does so because she’s hormonal," Erickson said.

'Blood'y statement

Real-estate mogul Donald Trump isn’t backing down after igniting yet another controversy in the Presidential race. He issued a statement on Saturday morning calling Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly a “total mess” and attempting to clarify his apparently lewd comments about her the day before. On Thursday, he had said, “You can see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”, suggesting that the woman presidential debate moderator was tough on him because she was menstruating. During the show, Kelly had asked Trump a number of pointed questions during the first GOP primary debate on Thursday night, including one inquiry that accused him of using sexist insults like “fat pigs” towards women. Trump stood by his history of controversial rhetoric but later denied using some of the terms and unleashed a storm of criticism against Kelly on Twitter.

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